FROM Laura Avery
Market Report Laura Avery is the Market Manager at the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. This week she talks to Margarita Smith from Mud Creek Ranch. They grow over 500 varieties of citrus on their organic farm in Santa Paula. Ari Taymor, chef-owner of Alma in Downtown LA , is a fan of the citrus from Mud Creek Ranch. This week he’s featuring Cara Caras, blood oranges, tangerines and a hard to find variety called Marrakesh Limonetta on his menu.
Market Report Laura Avery talks to CJ Jacobson, executive chef at Girasol in Studio City. CJ is shopping for “green pistachios,” the freshly harvested raw nuts that are only in season for one week out of the year. David Bomer, aka “Boomer,” has been working for Santa Barbara Pistachio Company for over ten years. He explains why fresh pistachios are so perishable and why they are only brought to market for one week each year.
Market Report Laura Avery talks to Julian Cox of the new bar Brilliantshine in Santa Monica about what ingredients he’s using in his cocktails. He’s currently stirring drinks with falls persimmons and pears. Peter Schaner is a farmer from Valley Center and a favorite at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. He talks about his fall harvest.
Market Report Laura Avery talks to Corina Weibel of Canelé restaurant in Atwater Village. Weibel says it’s too hot to turn on the stove, so she’s using up late season tomatoes in a traditional Spanish gazpacho. Barbara Whyman of Tutti Frutti says it’s peak pepper season. She will have serranos, jalapenos, Anaheims, pasillas and habaneros through October.
Market Report Laura Avery talks to Matt Poley of Heirloom LA about summer shelling beans. Poley likes using beans because they taste good, but they also nourish the soil - a win win for farmers and eaters. Arturo Reyes is farmer Phil McGrath’s right hand man. He gives us a rundown of the shelling beans they offer from Tongue of Fire to Christmas Limas. Look for fresh shelling beans at your local market.
Market Report Laura Avery talks to Amelia Saltsman , author of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook , about what she’s making with Bahri Dates. Find a recipe for Amelia Saltsman’s Barhi Date Salad on the Good Food Blog . Alvaro Bautista is the owner of Bautista Family Organic Date Ranch in Mecca, California.
Market Report Laura Avery talks to Elizabeth Poett of Rancho San Julian in Lompoc about how the drought is affecting cattle ranchers. Farmer Oliver Woolley has been coming to the Santa Monica Farmers Market for many years selling proteas, and a couple of years he shifted to the heritage pork breeding business. He talks about why he made the change.
Market Report Laura Avery talks to David LeFevre , chef/owner of MB Post and Fishing with Dynamite in Manhattan Beach. The chef is shopping for melons, padron and shishito peppers and tomatoes this week at the farmers market. Mark Carpenter is the farmer behind Coastal Farms. He is known for his tomatoes, including Evan’s famous sauce tomato .
Market Report Laura Avery talks to Susan Yoon, sous chef at Orsa & Winston, about how she prepares eggplant. Yoon prefers smaller eggplants which she steams for a Japanese take on caponata. Melissa Gore has been working for Peacock Family Farms for eight years. Farmer Scott Peacock grows roughly twelve varieties of eggplants ranging from the classic globe to the ornamental bright orange Turkish varieties.
Market Report Laura Avery interviews Ari Taymor, chef and owner of Alma , about how he incorporates melons into his tasting menu. Taymor is enamored with the melons from Munak Ranch. Alex Weiser of Weiser Family Farms also grows melons. He and his farmers pick the melons when they are vine ripe and bring them to markets across Los Angeles.
Market Report Chef Oliver Lorenz of Josie talks to Laura Avery about his love of fresh corn and how he’s using it at the restaurant. We’ve got a recipe for Josie’s Grilled Corn with Jalapeno butter and ricotta from Josie’s on the Good Food blog. Captain Ben Hyman of Wild Local Seafood sells at the Saturday Pico Market, the Sunday Mar Vista Market and the Wednesday Long Beach Market. He focuses on sustainable seafood from California. This week he brought in wild salmon and white sea bass from California.
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